PORTAGE PARK

This neighborhood centered around the park that bears the same name.

Welcome to Portage Park

Portage Park is tucked away in the northwest corner of Chicago. This four-square-mile neighborhood is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of downtown and boasts one of the largest parks in the entire city. The expansive 36-acre park is a beautiful green space with walking trails, game fields, a playground, tennis courts, field house, dog park, and both an indoor and outdoor pool. 
 
Although mostly residential, the Portage Park neighborhood has a many businesses along the main streets and intersections: Belmont to the south, Irving Park running through the middle, Lawrence to the north, and Milwaukee and Cicero to the east. 
 
Along these thoroughfares, you’ll find independent restaurants side by side with popular chains. There are a number of globally-inspired options including Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, American, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese. There are also several vegan and vegetarian restaurants for those looking for a plant-based culinary outing.
 
On the east side of Portage Park is the Six Corners business district - a mix of small service-based businesses, retail stores, theaters, and restaurants. 
 
Six Corners is home to the Portage Theater, one of the oldest movie houses in Chicago. The Portage Theater is considered by many to be the neighborhood's cultural heart and today hosts a number of screenings and live events—from classic, indie, and international films to live music.
 
Another historic theater, The Patio, is located to the west and hosts a unique lineup of first and second-run movies as well as live music and comedy performances. 
 
One of the most unique live theater experiences is offered at Filament Theater, whose mission is to celebrate and center the voices, experiences, and perspectives of young people. Their programming includes experiential plays and performing arts youth camps.
 
Neighborhood festivals have included Six Corners BBQ Fest, Windy City Hotdog Fest, and the Northwest Side Farmer’s Market Collective.
 
The area is serviced by the Blue Line, Metra, several bus lines, and offers easy access to the Kennedy Expressway.
 
Overall, Portage Park is a lively and welcoming neighborhood with a strong sense of community and plenty of amenities for residents to enjoy.
 

Portage Park Real Estate

Portage Park is known for its charming turn-of-the-century architecture, which is characterized by bungalows, two-flats, and other styles of homes built in the early 20th century. 
 
Located just north of the park is the Portage Park Bungalow Historic District. This area includes over 800 bungalows that were built between 1910 and 1940 and it was designated as a Chicago Landmark in 2010. 
 
While the historic single-family homes in Portage Park have long been a draw for homebuyers, the neighborhood has also experienced a surge in new construction in recent years and has a number of apartment complexes and condominiums that offer modern amenities.
 

What To Do in Portage Park

  • Walk in the park - Stroll through the lush greenery of Portage Park and take in its serene atmosphere. With amenities like tennis courts, pools, a dog park, a playground, and a cultural arts building, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
  • See a show at an historic theater - Catch a live performance at one of Portage Park's iconic theaters, the Portage Theater and the Patio. From classic films to up-and-coming comedy acts, these venues offer a unique and memorable entertainment experience.
  • Go for a swim - Dive into the refreshing waters of Portage Park's Olympic-size outdoor pool, which has been a local favorite for over six decades. Relax on the expansive sun deck or splash around in the interactive water play area.
  • Visit the National Veterans Art Museum - Get a unique perspective about the veteran’s experience from the brave men and women who have served our country. This poignant institution showcases thought-provoking and emotional works of art created by combat veterans from all generations.
  • Grab a burger - Sink your teeth into a delicious burger with a rock and roll twist at BRGRBELLY. Each burger is stacked high with creative toppings and served with a signature butter cookie that is the perfect sweet treat.
  • Explore Fantasy Costumes - Get lost in a world of imagination at Fantasy Costumes, where you can find everything from superhero outfits to period costumes and accessories. It’s an entire city block, so there’s something for everyone!
  • Stop by Gracie O’Malley’s Six Corners - This cozy neighborhood bar is known for its friendly staff and classic Irish fare, making it the perfect spot for a casual night out.
  • Unleash your inner lumberjack - Try your hand at axe-throwing at Backyard Axe Throwing League, where you can compete in a variety of games and challenges.

Overview for PORTAGE PARK, IL

65,563 people live in PORTAGE PARK, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $35,162. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

65,563

Total Population

41 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$35,162

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for PORTAGE PARK, IL

PORTAGE PARK has 23,104 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in PORTAGE PARK do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 65,563 people call PORTAGE PARK home. The population density is 17,566.346 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

65,563

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

41

Median Age

48.75 / 51.25%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
23,104

Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$35,162

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in PORTAGE PARK, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby PORTAGE PARK. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Rickover Naval Academy High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Kids In Harmony Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Bartholomew School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Reinberg Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
2/5
Gray Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
Vaughn Occupational High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Portage Park Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Prussing Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
Midwestern Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 10th
No rating available
St John Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Smyser Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
2/5
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